Well well well. If you thought that the national selection season for this year could not get any more exciting, then you were very wrong! This week has already produced thrills and spills with two entries, the controversial results in Armenia and the dramatic changes and reveals leading up to next week’s Sanmarinese final, but tonight will really be an exciting rollercoaster ride. As #YOU can see from the title, a whopping five countries will choose their entries for the Lisbon edition, while the final semi-final in Melodifestivalen takes place and the semi-finals kick off in Lithuania.
Want to know more about tonight’s action? Read on and get ready for the Super Saturday to end all Super Saturdays…
🇭🇺 HUNGARY – A Dal 2018
Hungary’s all-male line-up in A Dal could provide a diverse, unique entry for Lisbon this weekend, with the majority of the songs in Hungarian. With a line-up including heavy metal bands and electronic songs, Hungary could be bringing the energy to the contest in 2018! The line-up for tonight’s A Dal final is as follows;
- Zsolt Süle – Zöld a május
- Gergely Dánielfy – Azt mondtad
- Gábor Heincz Biga – Good Vibez
- Leander Kills – Nem szól harang
- AWS – Viszlát nyár
- Viktor Király – Budapest Girl
- yesyes – I Let You Run Away
- Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa
This week, the juries will help to decide the four songs that make it through to the televoting segment, where the Hungarian public will decide their winner for the competition in May. #YOU can follow all of the live action from Budapest HERE or join the discussion on our forum HERE.
🇱🇻 LATVIA – Supernova 2018
Latvia’s national final has grown from a four-song selection in the 2017 final to eight tonight, although this came with a little help from the voting errors in the semi-final stage! Sudden Lights have won the wildcard for the final after it was revealed they topped the Latvian televote in the first semi-final, while Ritvars keeps his place as a pseudo-wildcard after the voting issues in the semi-final. The eight acts fighting to represent Latvia are;
- Sudden Lights – Just Fine
- Ritvars – Who’s Counting?
- MADARA – Esamība
- Liene Greifāne – Walk the Talk
- Lauris Valters – Lovers Bliss
- Edgars Kreilis – Younger Days
- Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl
- Markus Riva – This Time
The result will be decided through a combination of jury voting and televoting. All of the action can be found HERE from 20:25 CET while #YOU can discuss the show with other Eurovision fans on our forum HERE. Sean will be in Riga for the show so expect some behind-the-scenes reports to follow!
🇲🇩 MOLDOVA – O melodie pentru Europa 2018
After scrapping the semi-final stage of this year’s competition, Moldova has left itself with a marathon of epic proportions in O melodie pentru Europa! The Eastern European country achieved a shock third place finish in Kyiv, and will be hoping for more of the same in 2018! Can any of these entries bring Moldova to the top of the scoreboard once more?
The sixteen acts in O melodie pentru Europa 2018 are;
- Tolik – Broken Glass
- Lavinia Rusu – Altundeva
- Bella Luna – Moments
- Anna Timofei – Endlessly
- Ilia Sorocean & Dasha DaGro – Minds & Veins
- Che-MD – Inima-n stîngă
- Constantin Cobîlean – Numai tu
- DoReDos – My Lucky Day
- Sandy C & Aaron Sibley – Once Upon a Time
- Anna Odobescu – Agony
- Nicoleta Sava – Esencia del Sur
- Doinița Gherman – Dance in Flames
- Felicia Dunaf – Alien
- Viorela – The Gates of Love
- Vera Țurcanu – Black Heart
- Ruslan Tsar – Come to Life
A jury of musical professionals and televoting from the Moldovan public will help to decide the Moldovan entrant for 2018. The show can be found from 18:40 CET HERE, while the forum will be buzzing with activity right HERE!
🇸🇮 SLOVENIA – EMA 2018
Last week’s semi-final split the participants down to the final eight, with last year’s big favourites BQL still in the mix after ManuElla and Nika Zorjan were eliminated. As is vogue with national selections these days, a professional jury and the Slovenian televote will decide the entry. The eight participation songs are;
- Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne!
- Indigo – Vesna
- Ina Shai – Glow
- BQL – Promise
- Marina Martensson – Blizu
- Lara Kadis – Zdaj sem tu
- Proper – Ukraden cvet
- Nuška Drašček – Ne zapusti me zdaj
🇺🇦 UKRAINE – Vidbir 2018
Last year’s host nation returns to the contest as a semi-final participant in 2018, but that won’t dampen Ukrainian spirits. The two-time winners will be hoping to make a name for themselves again in Lisbon with another strong national final line-up, including returning artists Kadnay, Tayanna and Mélovin. The final six in the Ukrainian selection are;
- Kadnay – Beat of the Universe
- Tayanna – Lelya
- The Erised – Heroes
- Laud – Waiting
- Vilna – Forest Song
- Mélovin – Under the Ladder
🇱🇹 LITHUANIA – Eurovizijos Atranka 2018 – Semi-Final 1
- Gabrielius Vagelis – The Distant
- GeraiGerai & Silvija Pankūnaitė – More Than You Know
- Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė – That Girl
- The Roop – Yes, I Do
- Godo – Fire Fountain
- Greta Zazza – Broken Shadows
- Jurgis Brūzga – 4Love
The top three acts as decided by the Lithuanian public and the professional juries will qualify to the final on March 11th, with three more joining next week. #YOU can keep an eye on proceedings in Lithuania live from 20:00 CET HERE, and make sure to discuss the show on our forum HERE!
🇸🇪 SWEDEN – Melodifestivalen 2018 – Semi-Final 4
We’ve already made it to the final semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2018 which can only mean one thing; we now have an idea of who might win the competition! All of the songs will be known to the viewing public tonight, but one artist in tonight’s semi-final certainly has Eurovision fans excited…
- Emmi Christensson – Icarus
- Elias Abbas – Mitt paradis
- Felicia Olsson – Break That Chain
- Rolandz – Fuldans
- Olivia Eliasson – Never Learn
- Felix Sandman – Every Single Day
- Mariette – For You
If #YOU don’t want to miss any of the excitement from the last Swedish semi, make sure to tune in from 20:00 CET HERE and join the discussion on our forum HERE.
Which show will #YOU be watching this evening? Share your thoughts with us on our forum HERE or join the discussion below and on social media @escunited!